Desert Island Picks

This week's League topic:
You are stranded for 10 years on a deserted island. You can take with you the following: One food item (in a never-ending supply), one movie, one game, and one pop culture character.
First of all. Ugh.

I hate these desert island things because so much depends on my mood. I might want one thing on the day I'm stuck on the island and another just a few hours later. But clearly a decision must be made, so here I go.

ONE FOOD ITEM: Philly Cheese Steak from Penn Station

Every year on my birthday my wife gets angry. Birthdays are a big deal to her and when she asks me where I'd like to go for dinner on my birthday, I always have the same reply.

Penn Station. Take out.

Rest assured, there'll be no fine dining this coming July 6th. I'll be having a Philly cheese steak (no mushrooms) from Penn Station at my own kitchen table.

ONE MOVIE: Karate Kid



I could have chosen Monopoly or maybe even a deck of cards which could have provided me with countless games to entertain myself over the course of a decade on a deserted island.

Nope. RBI Baseball.

Give me Jim Rice to swat homers over the NES outfield wall and I'm good. Really. I never get tired of this game. You will not beat me at this game if I get Boston. (Rob Peters, if you're reading, your comments will be deleted)


This is the part of the League challenge that presented a struggle for me. I love Rob Gordon from High Fidelity but after a while, we'd irritate each other. I have a website about Mister Rogers but even he would be too much for a full decade. I'm gonna go with Larry David here.

Sure. Part of my decision is based on the fact that my wife and I have recently been watching a lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Really though...I think this ten-year relationship could work. The Curb Larry David and I are so much alike that it's scary. My wife never sees this type of stuff and even she told me the other day that Larry is a combination of her dad and me.

That's a compliment if I've ever heard one.

So, yeah, I think Larry David and I could enjoy ten years on an island together. We'd hang out. We'd leave each other alone. We'd abide by each other's unstated social rules. A good time.

Coincidentally, with this League post in mind, I just finished a book by Russell Johnson -- Gilligan's Island's Professor. Really a solid read for anyone who has ever watched the show. Two things I learned from the book:
  1. The lagoon on Gilligan's Island was a blacktop surface filled with water. (I guess I'd never considered this show from a studio-production perspective)
  2. The original theme song was performed by The Wellingtons -- three friends who formed a singing group based out of the University of Illinois -- here in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Who knew?!

[Be sure to check out some of the other desert island picks from around the League.]

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